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Elmsford, Ardsley Celebrate with Menorah Lightings

ELMSFORD, N.Y. – Village holiday celebrations continue as Elmsford and Ardsley prepare for their annual menorah lighting celebrations.

The two ceremonies are occurring back to back, both taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 20 with Ardsley's at 6 p.m. and Elmsford's at 6:30 p.m.

"I think our mayor got Ardsley started on this, and I am thrilled that they are having a Hanukkah celebration [too]," said Marla Peers, an Elmsford resident who encouraged Mayor Robert Williams to start the tradition.

Residents are invited to join either or both celebrations. Ardsley's will take place at Legion Park and Elmsford's at the Senior Community Center, conducted by Rabbi Velvl Butman.

"We'll have loads of homemade latkes and potato pancakes, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, kid's gifts and crafts, and a live klezmer band," said Peers. "We light a giant menorah, sing some songs and schmooze."

The menorah lighting ceremonies come on the heels of the villages' tree lighting ceremonies, which took place last week in front of packed crowds.

"On behalf of all the staff, I wish to extend to you all my sincerest best wishes for a very merry Christmas, a joyous Hanukkah, and a very happy holiday season," Ardsley Village Manager George Calvi wrote in a village-wide email.

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